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Parmelee Man Sentenced for Assault and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

PIERRE - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced today that Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court, has sentenced a Parmelee, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault of an Intimate Partner by Strangulation and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm. The sentencing took place on May 15, 2024.

Tanner Barron, age 32, was sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Barron was indicted by a federal grand jury in November of 2023. He pleaded guilty on February 29, 2024.

In the evening of September 30, 2022, Barron and the mother of his children had a verbal argument about their relationship. The disagreement continued into the next day and became physical when Barron threw the victim down. Barron then placed his hands on the victim’s neck and applied pressure, sufficient to leave a bruise and cause her voice to be hoarse. Officers from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services responded to the scene, but Barron was no longer present. Officers located Barron in his vehicle at a gas station in Rosebud on October 2, 2022. A search of his person revealed a pipe used to ingest methamphetamine. A pistol was found on the front floorboard of Barron’s vehicle. As a regular user of methamphetamine, Barron was prohibited from possessing a firearm. The offenses occurred within the Rosebud Reservation.

This matter was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office because the Major Crimes Act, a federal statute, mandates that certain violent crimes alleged to have occurred in Indian Country be prosecuted in Federal court as opposed to State court.

Further, this case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Abby Roesler prosecuted the case.

Barron was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.



Updated May 17, 2024

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime